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Adjusting a bra back size to make it smaller

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#1 blackroses

Posted 05 May 2017 - 01:21 PM

Has anyone ever bought a bra in the correct cup size & made the back size smaller so it fits?

How hard is it?

Will I be able to get a good fit? I'm pregnant so I don't want the underwire digging in anywhere

What do I need? I just have a fairly basic sewing machine​

I know I can get bras in my cup size in Kmart, target etc but they don't have any with my back size. So I thought I could buy a few cheap bras & adjust them, as opposed to paying $90 per bra for a couple of months use until I outgrow them again.

#2 mandala

Posted 05 May 2017 - 01:31 PM

The cup size changes with the back size, so an 8D is similar in volume to a 10C for example. The wire may or may not change in size, too.

Having said that, here's a decent list of links on bra alterations:

I'm a v. small back with a reasonably large cup size. I bought two bras for pregnancy/BFing (yes, expensive ones), and just wore them constantly. I bought them too big in the cup, and managed to get through all but the very week or so of BFing (where I was basically in bed and not needing a bra anyway). I really worry that taking on a couple of major alteration projects is not what you need right now.

#3 AggyW72

Posted 05 May 2017 - 01:43 PM

If you try and reduce the band on a bra you're going to end up with 2 seams somewhere. And not matter hoe delicate you make them, those seams are going to rub and irritate. Bras are just not something that can be successfully altered retrospectively. I say that to you as a designer dressmaker/costumer with many years experience. I've had to do that job in emergency film set situations and it was always awful for the poor actress to actually wear.

#4 just someone

Posted 05 May 2017 - 01:58 PM

OP, I feel your pain, as I take a very small band, as do my daughters. Bra shopping is a nightmare.

I don't think though that you really can alter these things very eaisly. If you go chopping into the band, once you put it on the cups will be pulled out of shape and pulled more around to the side.

As a PP said, if you go down a band size, you should go up a cup size. I'd try and get the right size first, before attempting to alter an expensive bra. You don't want to attempt an alteration just to waste your money

#5 blackroses

Posted 05 May 2017 - 02:28 PM

Thanks everyone! :(

I'm only 15 weeks pregnant & already out of my pre-pregnancy bras. I'm currently wearing wire free ones I bought last pregnancy but they don't give me any support whatsoever & it's killing my neck.

I just know that given I'm only 15 weeks I'm almost certainly going to outgrow any bras I buy now. So I can't really afford $180 for two bras now just for a couple of months ago & then another $180 when I outgrow them.

#6 PrincessPeach

Posted 05 May 2017 - 02:42 PM

Head to the DFO - the benron outlet there often has maternity bras on sale for $20 each.

I found lovable brand ones in a 10E & they are really comfortable.

#7 blackroses

Posted 05 May 2017 - 02:44 PM

View PostPrincessPeach, on 05 May 2017 - 02:42 PM, said:

Head to the DFO - the benron outlet there often has maternity bras on sale for $20 each.

I found lovable brand ones in a 10E & they are really comfortable.

Thanks but I'm pretty sure they don't have my size. Especially in flexiwire. I think im about a 10G now.

#8 Moo point

Posted 05 May 2017 - 02:52 PM

Are you anywhere near a Target? You can do a click and collect or home delivery if you don't want to go instore. Found these, and you can even get 2 tshirt bras for $25.


#9 PrincessPeach

Posted 05 May 2017 - 02:59 PM

View Postblackroses, on 05 May 2017 - 02:44 PM, said:

Thanks but I'm pretty sure they don't have my size. Especially in flexiwire. I think im about a 10G now.

you may be surprised though, my sil got up to that size during her last pregnancy.

#10 blackroses

Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:08 PM

View PostMoo point, on 05 May 2017 - 02:52 PM, said:

Are you anywhere near a Target? You can do a click and collect or home delivery if you don't want to go instore. Found these, and you can even get 2 tshirt bras for $25.


Thanks! After many years of not even bothering to check target cause they haven't had my size since I was about 15, they are obviously branching out! Finally!

#11 Moo point

Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:20 PM

Yeah I bought some maternity bras there when I was pregnant (2012) and also those feeding singlets. I still wear the singlets now, they've held up well!

Another option might be a sports bra? They are often quite supportive and you can get them without wire (or with a softer wire) so might be more comfy.

Best of luck, I know how awful it is to wear an awful fitting bra.

#12 I'mBeachedAs

Posted 06 May 2017 - 01:57 PM

To be honest I would do what I could to just pay for 2 bras that fit, even if you need to buy more bras again for breastfeeding. Save up for it perhaps for a couple of weeks. You work 3 days a week, right, and your husband 5? This is an essential expense (particularly given you have a sore back/neck). Is your husband saying you can't afford it or you?

#13 EmmDasher

Posted 06 May 2017 - 02:34 PM

Have you checked www.figleaves.com? There are 100+ options in that size and they start at 18 pounds so maybe $30. I'm an 8 band and I get all my bras online including pregnancy/maternity ones.

#14 blackroses

Posted 07 May 2017 - 06:59 PM

I'll definitely check figleaves! Thanks!!

I'm just super confused about what size to start with at the moment. I'm currently wearing wirefree bras from last pregnancy with 1-2 crop tops over the top.

So yesterday I went to target & tried on those normal underwire bras recommended above, in the same size. I couldn't even do the back up. So I tried the next back size up & cup size down. The back seemed ok but the cup size was too small. So I went up a cup size (which would be a cup size bigger than I'm currently wearing).

I didnt​ end up buying them because the wire seemed a bit diggy under my arms & I was worried about it causing issues.

So i guess if I'm not making any then I'm buying online, I just don't know what size to use as a starting point - nowhere in Brisbane stocks flexiwire in my size so I can't go & get fitted anywhere. I just have to guess.

That's why I was thinking about making some, because I'm so over this!

We can afford them, it's just hard to justify $300 for 2 months use. When we are about to spend A LOT upgrading the car. We also need to buy some other expensive things before I go on leave. It's hard to justify that kind of money for potentially 2 months use.

#15 EmmDasher

Posted 07 May 2017 - 07:22 PM

I personally only bought nursing friendly bras when I was pregnant. Yes, they were too small when bub was initially born but they were good during pregnancy and I found that after my supply settled I was usually able to wear them. It meant I had feeding bras in 8C, 8D, 8DD. I'd just buy 1 nude bra in each size and that covered almost all scenarios.

On Figleaves, there are about 8 options for 10G and only 3 brands. I'd measure myself and see how those measurements stack up on each brand page. Figleaves usually have excellent reviews aswell so you can get an idea if a style runs big or small. When in doubt, I err on the larger side during pregnancy.

They currently have 20% off maternity/feeding bras so it's a good time to get one.

Don't forget that you can get bra expanders also https://www.target.c...CFc0eKgodpogN7Q

In the event that it's just the back that's out but the cups are fine, you can get 2 and 3 hook expanders. They're very handy if you stuff up an online purchase and can't be bothered returning.

#16 anniemandbubs

Posted 07 May 2017 - 07:43 PM

Hotmilk have some flexiwire on clearance. https://au.hotmilkli...ant=38012562700

Their shipping is fast, and you can exchange if the size is wrong.

Unless you want to be uncomfortable for months, you are just going to have to bite the bullet and order online I think. I found hotmilk's sizing consistent with other brands like Truimph and Bendon and Cake Maternity. Target Maternity bras did nothing for me either.

#17 anniemandbubs

Posted 07 May 2017 - 07:47 PM

Also, have you tried glow mama Maternity shop at The Grange?

#18 EmmDasher

Posted 07 May 2017 - 07:50 PM

View Postanniemandbubs, on 07 May 2017 - 07:47 PM, said:

Also, have you tried glow mama Maternity shop at The Grange?

I love that shop! And if you're in the area, Mama's Home at Windsor is also heaps of fun :)

#19 blackroses

Posted 07 May 2017 - 08:10 PM

I haven't tried glow mamma! Mamma's home apparently don't have my size (I contacted them & asked).

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